“Wherever there is conflict, women must be part of the solution” – Michelle Bachelet
Women must be allowed to participate in peace negotiations as well as be a part of the transition process after a conflict. However, most often women are neglected and ignored and their opinions and voices are cast aside. Nevertheless, decisions made during these periods tangibly affect the lives of women and girls; it is, therefore, time to recognize the role and power of women in the peace-process and in shaping the future of post-conflict countries. Fortunately, throughout history, there have been women able to leave their political mark in their country’s transition to peace that can serve as examples for women worldwide.
Q1: What measures can/should be put in place to guarantee women’s political participation in post-conflict countries?
Q2: Do you have examples of where women’s participation improved a peace process?
Q3: What can women politicians do to guarantee their seat at the negotiating table? What do you believe women can offer in these situations?